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South African wife gets 22-year jail term for brutal murder of her cop husband

A woman who allegedly hired accomplices to stab her husband to death has been served with a 22-year jail term by the Pietermaritzburg High Court.

Nonkululeko Ngwabe, 46, was this week found guilty of the murder of her husband, warrant officer Thulani Ngwabe, said Hawks spokesperson Capt Simphiwe Mhlongo.

According to SAPS spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbele, on 3 November 2019, a lifeless body of Ngwabe, 51, who was stationed at the Margate Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, was found on railway lines near Port Shepstone beach with multiple stab wounds in November 2019.

A case of murder was reported at Port Shepstone police station and the case docket was allocated to Hawks members from Port Shepstone Serious Organised Crime unit for intensive investigation.

Hawks members first arrested his wife in December 2019. Her apprehension led to the information about her accomplices she allegedly hired to kill her husband.

The three accused, Sthembiso Mbona (25), Nhlakanipho Ndovela (23) and Saziso Khambule (25) were brought to book. They were arrested in Murchison area near Port Shepstone in December 2019 and were also charged for murder.

All accused appeared in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court several times and were remanded in custody till to date as their bail was successfully opposed.

The case of the three men was then transferred to Pietermaritzburg High Court for trial and it was postponed to 18 June 2021.

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